NASCAR - Nationwide - Federated Auto Parts 300 Preview

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DATE: Saturday, July 23rd
SITE: Nashville Superspeedway (2001) -- Lebanon, Tennessee
TRACK: 1.333-mile oval - 2,494 feet (Frontstretch); 2,203 feet (Backstretch)
ANNUAL: 10th
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Justin Allgaier (Finished 4th)
LAPS: 225
MILES: 300
QUALIFYING RECORD: David Stremme, 2007 (166.561 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Scott Wimmer, 2008 (134.095 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $1,216,821 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $36,195; 2nd Place - $40,750; 3rd Place - $24,500
2010 Finish
1Brad Keselowski246Brad Coleman2
2Carl Edwards77Reed Sorenson11
3Paul Menard108Steve Wallace34
4Justin Allgaier19Scott Riggs9
5Mike Bliss610Matt DiBenedetto15
2010 Federated Auto Parts 300 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 119.360 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 30 minutes, 46 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.669 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 36 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 10 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Justin Allgaier (158.063 m.p.h.)
Past Federated Auto Parts 300 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Brad Keselowski (24th) -- Dodge -- 119.360 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kyle Busch (1st) -- Toyota -- 129.682 m.p.h.
2008 -- Brad Keselowski (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 117.643 m.p.h.
2007 -- Carl Edwards (7th) -- Ford -- 129.949 m.p.h.
2006 -- Carl Edwards (13th) -- Ford -- 123.511 m.p.h.
2005 -- Clint Bowyer (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 122.141 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jason Leffler (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 114.706 m.p.h.
2003 -- Scott Riggs (10th) -- Ford -- 118.547 m.p.h.
2002 -- Jack Sprague (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 125.244 m.p.h.
NOTE: Formerly called Inside Traxx 300 (2002), Trace Adkins Chrome 300 (2003).
Past Federated Auto Parts 300 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Justin Allgaier -- 4th
2009 -- Kyle Busch -- 1st
2008 -- Joey Logano -- 31st
2007 -- Steve Wallace -- 12th
2006 -- Todd Kluever -- 17th
2005 -- Hank Parker Jr -- 20th
2004 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 2nd
2003 -- Johnny Sauter -- 11th
2002 -- Greg Biffle -- 3rd
Last Race Results
RACE: New England 200 (July 23rd)
SITE: New Hampshire Motor Speedway -- Loudon, New Hampshire
MILES: 217.948
LAPS: 206
WINNER: Kyle Busch
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Kasey Kahne
FOURTH: Ricky Stenhouse Jr
FIFTH: Aric Almirola
POLE WINNER: Brad Keselowski (Finished 8th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 21 minutes, 48 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 92.221 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.304 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 48 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: B. Keselowski - pole; K. Harvick 1-34; C. Edwards 35-37; T. Bayne
38-95; K. Harvick 96-120; K. Wallace 121-125; R. Stenhouse Jr.
126-129; B. Keselowski 130-151; R. Stenhouse Jr. 152-173; K.
Busch 174-206.
Federated Auto Parts 300 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
01Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Chevrolet/Cowboys and Aliens
2Elliott Sadler (Emporia, VA)Chevrolet/One Main Financial
04Danny O'Quinn (Coeburn, VA)Ford/Go Green Racing
05Justin Ashburn (Joelton, TN)Chevrolet/31-W Insulation
6Ricky Stenhouse Jr (Olive Brnch,MS)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
7Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Chevrolet/
09Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/Federated Auto Parts
11Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Toyota/Shore Lodge
12Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Dodge/Alliance
13Jennifer Jo Cobb (Kansas City, KS)Dodge/
14Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Chevrolet/Hefty Black Out/Reynolds
15Timmy Hill (Port Tobacco, MD)Ford/Rick Ware Racing
16Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Roush Fenway Racing
18Drew Herring (Benson, NC)Toyota/Sports Clips
19Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Chevrolet/Racing for Education
22 *Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hls, MI)Dodge/Discount Tire
23David Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
28Derrike Cope (Spanaway, WA)Chevrolet/Maxelence
30Mikey Kile (Westlake, LA)Chevrolet/TBA
31Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Dollar General
32Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/AccuDoc Solutions
33Austin Dillon (Lewisville, NC)Chevrolet/Rheem Heating and Cooling
38Jason Leffler (Long Beach, CA)Chevrolet/Great Clips
39Danny Efland (Irmo, SC)Ford/C3i Sports
40Charles Lewandoski (Staf. Sprs. CT)Chevrolet/TBA
41Carl Long (Roxboro, NC)Ford/TBA
42Tim Andrews (Concord, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
44Jeff Green (Owensboro, KY)Chevrolet/TBA
46Chase Miller (Denver, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
47Brett Rowe (Barboursville, WV)Chevrolet/TBA
49Dennis Setzer (Newton, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
51Jeremy Clements (Spartanburg, SC)Chevrolet/
52Kevin Lepage (Shelbourne, VT)Chevrolet/TBA
60Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
62Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Toyota/Pilot Travel Centers/Flying J
66Steve Wallace (Charlotte, NC)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
71Matthew Carter (Denver, NC)Ford/TBA
74Mike Harmon (Birmingport, AL)Chevrolet/TBA
70David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Foretravel
75Johnny Chapman (Stony Point, NC)Ford/TBA
81Blake Koch (West Palm Beach, FL)Dodge/
87Kevin Conway (Cornelius, NC)Toyota/NEMCO Motorsports
88Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Chevrolet/Degree Men
89Morgan Shepherd (Conover, NC)Chevrolet/Victory in Jesus Racing
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Brad Keselowski---------------40thWon2ndWon
Carl Edwards------------WonWon13th3rd2nd
Justin Allgaier---------------------13th4th
Reed Sorenson---------3rd23rd---------7th
Steve Wallace------------15th12th21st7th8th
Kenny Wallace6th---18th2nd11th---16th16th25th
Trevor Bayne---------------------28th32nd
Jason Leffler------Won---43rd3rd26th5th34th
Ricky Stenhouse Jr---------------------32nd---
Aric Almirola---------------10th---------
Elliott Sadler---------------------------
Austin Dillon---------------------------
Mover of the Week
Angela Cope - Started in the 39th position and finished 25th
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - Kevin Lepage
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 1st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brian Scott) - Finished 17th
Brad Keselowski will be on hand this week to defend his title at the Federated Auto Parts 300. Keselowski, the 2010 Nationwide Series champion, has enjoyed great success in Nashville, winning this race twice and finishing second the past three years. In fact, Keselowski has raced nine times at Nashville Superspeedway posting two wins and seven top-five finishes.

Last year, Keselowski recorded a convincing win, leading 97 laps after starting 24th on the grid. He passed fellow Sprint Cup Series competitor Carl Edwards for the lead on the final restart with 23 laps remaining, and then held off Edwards by 1.7 seconds for his third victory of the season and the ninth of his Nationwide career. Although not eligible for this year's title, Keselowski has raced 18 times on the circuit with one win and 12 top-10's, increasing his victory total to 13.

In 2009, pole sitter Kyle Busch dominated the June Nashville race, as he led for 173 laps en route to his 25th career Nationwide Series title. Busch led for the opening 67 laps and the final 24, as he defeated Brad Keselowski by 0.891 of a second. Busch, became the third driver to win 100 NASCAR races last week, as he captured the New England 200. In doing so, Busch tied Mark Martin for most career Nationwide Series wins with 49.

With six laps remaining in 2008, Brad Keselowski took the lead and held on to preserve his first career Nationwide Series title. Starting from the second position, Keselowski took the lead for the first time on lap 79 and held the advantage through lap 105, but his pass of Clint Bowyer on lap 220 proved to be the difference, as he outraced David Stremme by 1.980 seconds. Pole sitter Joey Logano, who led for 64 laps, finished 31st. Bowyer placed fourth after leading for a race-high 71 laps.

In 2007, Carl Edwards collected his third consecutive win, as he crossed the finish line 1.656 seconds ahead of Clint Bowyer. With his win, Edwards became the first multiple winner of this race. Edwards, who started seventh on the grid, led twice for 49 laps, including the final 34 laps. Steve Wallace, who started on the pole, led the first six laps, but faded to place 12th.

Back in 2006, Edwards edged Clint Bowyer at the finish line to record his seventh career Nationwide Series title. Edwards, who now totals 33 Series wins, finished 0.920 of a second ahead of Bowyer. Pole sitter Todd Kluever finished 17th. Edwards led for a race-high 124 laps, while Bowyer led for 46.

Kyle Busch became the first pole sitter to win this race in 2009. The previous best finish, was a runner-up placing by Martin Truex Jr in 2004.

Carl Edwards is a four-time race winner at Nashville, while Scott Riggs is a three-time winner. In 12 races, Edwards has 10 top-10's and has led 493 laps. Edwards captured a Truck Series race in 2003 and then followed that with three straight Nationwide wins in 2006-07. Riggs won a Truck Series race in 2001 and added two Nationwide Series wins in 2002 and 2003.

The next Nationwide Series race is the July 30 Kroger 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Kyle Busch won last year's race there.

07/19 18:03:10 ET

As of July 19, 2011, at 06:03 PM ET

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